“Dude where is my car?”
“Everything the State says is a lie and everything it has is stolen.”
— Friedrich Nietzsche
“I will not let the Patriot Act, the most unpatriotic of acts, go unchallenged. At the very least, we should debate. We should debate whether or not we are going to relinquish our rights, or whether or not we are going to have a full and able debate over whether or not we can live within the Constitution, or whether or not we have to go around the Constitution.” -Rand Paul
A Dangerous Precedent
The ability of the government to undermine rights of the people violates the civil contract, and sets a dangerous precedent. We can fear terrorism, but now… We have to fear the government passing laws like this one in the future.
Look at one of the most unconstitutional laws ever- the Alien and Sedition acts violated our rights, but the Supreme court deemed them fair. At times like this, their approval can mean little
These Acts are Overtly UnConstitutional
Why even have a constitution if it can simply be circumvented with acts by a currently residing congress. We the people have had our rights trampled on as if we are afraid. It’s not the people that are afraid of the constitution, it’s the government it was designed to control.
The Patriot Act essentially turns the U.S. constitution on its head, and makes mockery of our hard won civil protections including the 4th Amendment.
The Patriot Act was passed in the wake of the 9/11 attacks with little or no scrutiny from Congress. Long held judicial traditions of due process, probable cause and reasonable suspicion and no longer applicable under the insidious nature of this draconian legislation. It should be struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court as summarily unconstitutional, and immediately repealed by an act of Congress.
The constitution does mention religion
Amendment I: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
The PATRIOT Act goes against this: Freedom of association: To assist terror investigation, the government may monitor religious and political institutions without suspecting criminal activity.
Oppresses our rights
According to the patriot act, they can go through my personal information whenever they want. I find this very very unconstitutional and oppresses me and my fellow Indians because if I am a terrorist I should be allowed to keep it to myself, invading my terroristic techniques is cyber bullying.
It is pure unconstitutional…
You can’t find this abuses in any civilized Any Civilized Country…
I experienced this abuses from FBI including sticking their noses in my employment and my personal life… It is unbelievable what is happening in this country.. And if I am thinking about the huge amount of resources they waist…
Necessary and Proper!?
The Elastic Clause is the only coherently sensible argument made for the constitutionality of the Patriot Act. Chief Justice John Marshall:
“…(S)ound construction of the Constitution must allow…. Discretion with respect to the means by…. Which will enable (the Federal Government) to perform the high duties assigned to it in the manner most beneficial to the people. Let the end be legitimate, let it be within the scope of the Constitution, and all means…. Which are not prohibited, but consistent with the letter and spirit of the Constitution, are constitutional.
Alexander Hamilton wrote: “Does the proposed (act) (violate) a pre-existing constitutional right of any State or of any individual.”
So we can intelligently and logically conclude that because the Patriot Act authorizes the direct violation of long standing constitutional rights of U.S citizens it is without question, unequivocally, UNCONSTITUTIONAL.
The Supreme Court not ruling against something does not make it constitutional. It just means the government gets away with it. Just like killing someone and not being convicted does not mean you did not kill someone.
Things Are Getting More and More Orwellian
The Patriot Act is a direct violation of the Fourth Amendment, and the Privacy Act of 1974. I don’t know about you, but I would rather have privacy than security. I don’t have anything to hide. However, what angers me is the fact that the government can look at my things without my consent and without a warrant. In Dan Bull’s song, “The NSA Hate This Song,” he asks the following question: “If you love your country, your country should love you too; but how can you trust someone who doesn’t trust you?” Also, if we let the government take away this right, what’s to stop them from taking more?
Most of us are not a threat
Although i don’t have anything to hide, it would be nice to know that what I’m doing in my personal time and in my personal space is respected and kept private. The government has no business in the information that I’m transferring. I assure you I am not a threat
“We have to decide whether our fear is going to get the better of us. Once upon a time we had a standard in our country that was ‘innocent until proven guilty.’ We’ve given up on so much. Now, people are talking about a standard that is ‘if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear.’ Think about it. Is that the standard we’re willing to live under?” -Rand Paul